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Demons’ streak grows with big win over GWS


Melbourne have reached the outright second-longest profitable run in membership historical past by extending their streak to a dozen matches with a 67-point AFL thrashing of GWS.

A dominant 10-goal third quarter was the catalyst because the Demons registered their highest rating of the season within the 19.6 (120) to 7.11 (53) win on the MCG.

Christian Petracca starred with 29 disposals and two targets as Max Gawn, Jack Viney and Clayton Oliver (31 disposals, seven clearances) all shone within the engine room.

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Bayley Fritsch (4 targets) and Kysaiah Pickett (three) fired in assault, whereas Harrison Petty returned from damage to play an influential function alongside rock-solid Steven Might in executing the Dees’ defensive intercept recreation.

Melbourne’s 12-match profitable run dates again to spherical 20 final yr and consists of the drought-breaking grand last victory.

However it’s nonetheless properly wanting the club-record 19 straight victories throughout 1955-56.

The newest efficiency did not set hearts racing within the first half however was nonetheless sufficient to blow away a GWS aspect that was adequate to achieve the second week of final yr’s finals sequence.

The Giants dominated clearances (15-3), contested possessions (46-33) and insides-50s (19-9) within the first quarter as co-captains Josh Kelly and Stephen Coniglio started working.

However Melbourne managed to maintain their opponents goalless within the opening time period for the third straight week as Might and Petty led the rebounding efforts.

Umpire backchat will likely be a sizzling matter of debate once more after the Demons have been pinged 50-metres for arguing with a free kick paid to a ducking Bobby Hill for a excessive deal with.

The ensuing objective trimmed the margin to 19 factors, 10 minutes after half-time.

However Pickett nailed the short reply and 4 targets in a seven-minute burst helped the Demons kick away throughout a ten.2 to 2.2 third-quarter demolition.

It was the highest-scoring quarter by any crew this season.

Tom Sparrow’s lunge to knock again a free ball and arrange a objective for Fristch within the last quarter epitomised Melbourne’s superior work price and desperation.

Tom Inexperienced (35 disposals), Kelly (33) and Callan Ward (34) received loads of the ball for GWS and Hill completed with two targets.

No.3 draft decide Finn Callaghan had 13 disposals and kicked a late objective on debut.

Simply 20,791 followers have been readily available to witness Melbourne’s third dwelling recreation of the season, their first in opposition to an interstate opponent.

A complete of greater than 102,000 noticed the reigning premiers’ opening two dwelling video games in opposition to Victorian rivals.



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